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for sheet’s sake



sleep on it

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Decor & You’s “For Men—But Not Only” bedding ensemble ($525, Queen/$600, King)




If you’ve ever paced the linen department of your favorite home store, longing for a pro to guide you in the right direction, your wish has just been granted. Decor & You, a nationwide network of professional interior decorators (Westchester’s is located in Yorktown), has introduced its Best Dressed Bed Collection, a line of five complete bedroom ensembles and the first private-label bedding collection for the company. Each line comes with comforters, bed skirts, pillow shams, a variety of throw pillows, window panels, bed-table skirts, and—best of all—with professional help.

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“What’s unique about the Best Dressed Bed Collection is that the linens are personally delivered by an interior decorator, who, at no additional charge, helps set up the bed and provides tips on accessorizing the room,” says Yorktown Decor Designer Kara Battinelli. All lines run from $525 to $1,350. For more information, call (914) 302-2083.


eva’s: bigger and better


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Eva’s Decorators sound familiar? For two decades, the White Plains showroom was the go-to spot for interior designers who toted along clients to pore over fabric and wallpaper books. It now has new owners, Leonard Weisman and Cathy Poses, who have completely gutted and redesigned the space, spending $1 million-plus to renovate and expand to 35,000 square feet. They also renamed the shop; it’s now Eva’s Design & Decorating.



Thanks to the renovation, two separate on-site workrooms for Eva’s 25 craftsmen, artisans, and designers were established: one dedicated to upholstery and the other to custom window treatments, bedding, and all other soft goods. Weisman and Poses have stocked the new shop with chic home furnishings, upholstery, custom window treatments, designer fabrics and trims, wall coverings, decorative hardware, and custom bedding and headboards, a veritable one-stop shop for the upscale home. Poses and interior designer Ellyn Weisfelner offer in-home consultations, then bring clients back to the showroom to guide them through the mountains of furniture, fabric, and wall-covering options.



“As an interior designer, I would bring my clients here because Eva’s Decorators offered many of the same books as you’d find at the D & D Building without the commute,” Poses says. “But the place really needed to be updated. My dream was that clients would walk through the front doors of Eva’s Design & Decorating and be instantly transported to a trendy shop in Manhattan.”  Or at least a shop that feels like it.


kidding around



child’s play

The solid birch Rockport Bed, available in 20 finishes, is dressed in bedding by California Kids and available at the new Country Willow Kids.



The big name in furnishings today
—especially kids’ furnishings—is functionality. “Parents—and kids—are tired of cheap, low-performance pieces that need to be replaced every two or three years,” says Roy Estrow, owner of Country Willow Kids, an offshoot of Country Willow Home, which has become the county’s leading store for casual country furnishings and accessories. Located right next door to Country Willow Home, the new store, which opened in January and caters to the younger set, is gearing to give Pottery Barn Kids a run for its money.


Durability is critical, Estrow explains, because most parents don’t want to shop for more kids’ furniture two years down the line. Country Willow Kids’ pieces are made of solid birch (and other hardwoods), with three-quarter-inch thick drawer walls dovetailed all around, and multi-layered hardened finishes created to last for the long haul, even in the rooms of the toughest little guys. Bunk beds can be disassembled into a pair of twins or converted to a loft, hardware can be exchanged for more “grown-up” designs, and swapping Buzz Lightyear sheets for a mature plaid or stripe pattern can completely transform a room without the need to open up the wallet for new fittings


Another need kids have, of course, is storage for all their “stuff”—game stations, DVDs, trophies, books, and toys. Thus Country Willow Kids offers furniture with display shelves, bookcase headboards, and storage trundles, as well as cleverly outfitted armoires.


the ultimate  accessory



smoke signals

Maurice Villency’s Hansito Humidor/Wine Rack



Wine  and  cigar afficionados take heed. Maurice Villency’s Hansito humidor/wine rack ($14,895) cleverly can accommodate both passions: the humidor on top features a cedar-wood cigar drawer, while the wine rack below is refrigerated to keep vintages at the perfect temperature. (The temperature of the wine rack, which can hold up to 21 bottles, is shown on a digital display.) Definitely time to retire to the library. Available in mahogany or ebony wood at Maurice Villency in Scarsdale,


power plant




botanical prince

Artwork by Katie Lee of North Salem



Botanical art has soared in popularity recently, with prices for early prints—such as 17th-century works by Besler—fetching $5,000 and more. Now, you can check out this blossoming genre of art for yourself. The New York Botanical Garden show at Gallery Yellow in Cross River will exhibit botanical art and natural science illustration, the first time ever that the NYBG has put together a show of artists who have graduated from its botanical program.

Opening with a reception on Saturday, May 19, and running through July 30, the exhibit will feature a variety of artists, including North Salem resident Katie Lee, an instructor for the past 15 years for The New York Botanical Garden’s Botanical Illustration Program whose paintings have been shown in one-person shows in the U.S. and abroad. Glass master Paul Stankard, whose work is a staple in many museums, is making pieces exclusively for the show. For more information, call the gallery at (914) 763-0101.







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